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Hezbollah Flags Fly at ‘Al Quds Day’ March in London as Islamist Agitators Blame Grenfell Tower Tragedy on ‘Zionists’

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A pro-Israel rally counters the 2017 “Al Quds Day” march in London. Photo: Screenshot

Hundreds of anti-Israel protesters marched through the streets of central London on Sunday on the annual “Al Quds (Jerusalem) Day” demonstration convened by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), a British Muslim organization with close ties to the Iranian regime.

At a rally outside the US Embassy following the march, one speaker blamed this week’s tragic fire at west London’s Grenfell Tower public housing project on  “Zionists.”

“Some of the biggest supporters of the Conservative Party are Zionists,” the speaker ranted. “They are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell. The Zionist supporters of the Tory Party.”

Many of the marchers brandished signs calling for a boycott of the State of Israel. A number of flags of the Lebanese Islamist terror organization Hezbollah were also in evidence, including one at the front of the protest that was tied atop a Palestinian flag.

An energetic counter-rally organized by British Jewish organizations under the banner “Stand Against Hate” was staged close to the route of the march. Protesters waved Israeli flags and chanted “terrorists, off our streets.”

The counter-rally was addressed by Kay Wilson, who survived a terrorist attack in Israel in 2010.

“It is a racist slur to say that all Muslims are terrorists,” Wilson said. “However, it is deluded, dangerous and disingenuous to claim that terrorism has absolutely nothing to do with Islam.”

Today’s march took place just a fortnight after eight people were murdered in an Islamist car-ramming and stabbing attack near Borough Market in south London.

A Hezbollah flag flies at the front of the 2017 “Al Quds Day” march in London. Photo: Screenshot

Ahead of the event, as Jewish communal officials urged London Mayor Sadiq Khan to ban the march, the IHRC encouraged its supporters to “bring a Hizbullah flag to show support for the political wing of Hizbullah.” While Hezbollah is a proscribed terrorist organization in the UK, a widely-criticized exemption for the terror group’s “political and social activities” means that it is technically legal for its flag to be displayed in public.

“There were numerous Hezbollah flags and they were being handed out before the march started,” Simon Cobbs of activist group Sussex Friends of Israel told The Algemeiner.

A large number of attendees at the march were seen carrying signs reading “Justice 4 Grenfell” alongside their Hezbollah flags, in an attempt by the IHRC organizers to link their cause with the Grenfell Tower fire, in which more than 58 people are either confirmed or presumed by police to have died.

Marchers carrying Hezbollah flags alongside signs supporting the victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze. Photo: Screenshot.

Several prominent British personalities condemned the march, with Col. Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, charging the UK government with “appeasing jihadists.”

The UK Zionist Federation also tweeted an image of the Hezbollah flags being distributed on the march.

“Al Quds Day” was initiated by the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979 following the Islamist seizure of power during the revolution that same year. The IHRC’s march in London usually takes place on the weekend after Al Quds Day, which falls on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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  • Aleteia

    It is not dying, it is choked. It can be revived if we return to our Judeo-Christian values.
    Question: why do rabbis encourage Muslim immigration to Europe?

  • Joseph Feld

    At least this article does not blame the mayor. There are clear laws and rules concerning demonstrations and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner must follow those rules with limited options. The Al Quds Day group has kept to the rules in previous years and there was no technical reason to ban them this year. In the wake of the Finsbury Park attack on Muslims, there were longstanding complaints to the Met Police and the Govt made public that Muslims in London feel cautious about walking in the street because of the level of anti-Islamic feelings in London. On the national level the UK population is about four % Muslim and 96% non-Muslim. Many people confuse the larger Indian Hindu population with the small mainly Pakistani Muslim community.


    Ever notice that starting with a few the Islamists multiply like rabbits and cockroaches?
    They get fed like cockroaches from the waste their parents produce.
    Time to export all Muslims and they can take their mosques with them.

  • Basha Kline

    so Israel/Jews are to blame for the Grenfell fire eh? – how revolting can one be, has anyone looked in the so called startup area, which was supposed to be a refrigerator “blowing up” – probably not, just what exactly was in that fridge and who owned it? – some of these people owned their apartments, why did they not either get surveyor’s reports or if they did get a report to receive a mortgage, then the people responsible for “overlooking” any endangerment to the building are more likely to be blamed than the council, the government or the residents themselves – Yes, this is a tragic and devastating incident but to blame Jews and Israel for such a situation to me is more devastating and tragic, it is a sickness worse than ebola eating at the very souls of these instigators. If, as I said the people who owned their apartments took a mortgage or a loan from the “non-interest paying” banks, which are islamic based, then why not look to those areas which should have done a thorough survey before allowing these mortgages…..!

    • Joseph Feld

      The building was owned and operated by Kensington and Chelsea Council and therefore the council is responsible for maintaining the building. They had just spent tem million pounds sterling on ‘modernization’ of a 1970’s building. They should have built in a sprinkler system, fire alarms loud enough to wake people, fire doors on flats and a second stairs for emergencies. They should have used building materials that could not burn. The council and the building contractor may be found guilty. We await the preliminary independent report chaired by a judge.

  • Sonia

    WHY does UK allow marches like this (which the Zionist Fed has no choice but to rally to oppose and state the opposite case.)?? Why import divisive hatred? It is enough and more than enough to have Muslims driving into UK citizens and tourists shouting the Allah hatred, and now a retaliation against the hatred-preaching mosque that Chowdry preached in for so long.

    It is not Liberal to import and allow divisive hate marches – it’s ABSURD AND BLIND – LACKING IN FORESIGHT. LOOK at the Hezbollah flag / posters people were carrying. READ the symbolism… the globe, a sign of a church organ?? A vehicle and a gun etc. I AGREE with Col. Richard Kemp’s tweet. And, yes if I’d been in the UK I’d have felt I must go and support the march against the hatred. But stop allowing hate marches and wake up!

    • Joseph Feld

      Laws can be complicated. You may recall an American Judge allowed neo-Nazis to march through the Jewish neighborhood of Skokie. In London there are laws and rules for demonstrations and the Mayor and Met Police Commissioner are bound by the rules.